Risk Management

Years of experience have led local, state, and federal regulators, as well as responsible parties, consultants, and stakeholders, to the realization that the significant uncertainty inherent in environmental cleanup requires more flexible, iterative approaches that manage this uncertainty. Uncertainty, as demonstrated by unreliable remediation timeframes has forced the development of mechanisms that allow for both the systematic reevaluation of initial objectives and the continuous improvement and optimization of remediation technologies and techniques. These mechanisms and reevaluations can be collectively called remediation risk management.

Remediation risk management has expanded beyond the “how”—what technologies will or are being used—to include the “why” of site cleanup. The “why” adds the necessary addition of the conceptual site model (CSM), which considers all factors involved with the site remediation, such as the environmental and land-use (current and future) plans, site-specific chemical and geologic conditions, and the regulatory environment.  Risk-based goals are then used to evaluate the exit strategy or the conditions that must exist to reach an end point in the remediation.

Approaching remediation in a holistic manner, keeping the end goal in sight all through the process, is an essential way to reduce the uncertainty in the remediation decision-making process. EHS Support uses remedial risk management to help ensure that the remediation process is progressing toward acceptable, feasible, and cost effective site cleanup objectives and that selected remediation approaches attain those objectives and remain protective of human health and the environment.

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